PERTH MCs & SPEAKERS - BRAD HOGG
From humble beginnings as an only child on a remote sheep farm in Williams, WA – this story is about a boy with a dream and man who achieved it, lost it, then found the courage at an impossible age to stand amongst the world’s best again.
After a highly successful ODI cricketing career with four World Cup attempts and two World Cup trophies under his belt, Brad Hogg retired from playing any form of cricket in 2008. In 2011, at 39 years of age, Hoggy shocked the nation when he made a triumphant return to professional cricket and became a major star of the inaugural 2011 T20 Big Bash League with the Perth Scorchers. For the past five seasons, sell-out WACA crowds have been chanting his name in unison as the 44 year old took wicket after wicket with his unique left-arm chinaman bowling style, mixing it up with his googly’s and wrong-uns, and fielding with the athleticism of a teenager. With four years of back-to-back Finals, and one Semi-Final match over the BBLS five year history, they are ranked as the most successful franchise of the BBL, with two Title victories in the 2013/14 season and 2014/15 season. Hoggys personal efforts over the years have seen him ranked between 1st- 4th highest wicket taker, and the most economical bowler in the competition overall. This fine form saw him recalled to the National team for World Cups in 2012 and 2014 - remarkable for a man who is twice the age of many of his team mates.
As a T20 specialist, Hogg is once again one of the most desired players on the world circuit and since his comeback, he has performed in Bangladesh, UAE, South Africa, India, Sir Lanka, New Zealand, PNG, and the Caribbean. He shows no signs of slowing down and having been snapped up by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2015 and 2016 IPL tournament, he headlined around the world with his top form and game-changer contribution to the team.
In 2016 Hogg once again steps out at the Big Bash, but this time for The Melbourne Renegades – a move that shocked his WA fans, but one that meant he could continue to play competitive cricket for as long as he possibly can. Brad relishes the ultimate contest and the intense rivalry between the two-town teams of Melbourne and Sydney within the competition was something he was eager to experience. With the launch of his much anticipated book ‘BRAD HOGG – THE WRONG ‘UN’ due out in November, fans will now have an insight into the man like never before.
Hogg is now officially the worlds current oldest international professional cricket player of the modern era.
Brad is a natural performer, and his enthusiasm spills over onto the stage with an energy that is palpable, and an honesty that endearing as he owns his mistakes and is humbled by his successes. Off field, Hoggy is a notorious prankster and onfield, a smiling assassin – so there’s a carpet bag full of stories to share about the old days and the new.
As a popular media personality, Hogg can be seen on WA Today (Channel 7), he is a regular contributor to EON Sports Digital Radio, is often heard on Perth radio at 96FM where he recently co-hosted the Summer Drive show over the December/January period, held long term co-host role with Mix 94.5FM on their Saturday morning sports show, is a regular contributor to ABC Radio Grandstand as Commentator, and hosted a Saturday morning sports show Triple M Sydney radio to name but a few.
His commitment to charity work is tantamount to the character of the man, which include: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Ambassador of Police Legacy, Ambassador of A Stitch In Time, Ambassador of SDERA (Schools Drug Education & Road Awareness), Ambassador of Homeless Connect, Ambassador of WeetBix Try-Athlon, (and many more).